“Birthday on a Budget,” Hand Create your next Party by Kathleen Heady

8 Jan

How to Budget Birthday Party

Looking for some ideas to save for your child’s next Birthday Bash.Here is a list of some ways that not only you can make but also have your child and friends involved. Have fun.                                                                                                                   

Homemade Invitations

This one  is great! Why not personalize your child’s invitations. There are many ways to create homemade invitations for free or little cost. You could design them on Microsoft Project Word, go online to free printout sites or you could hand make them yourself. Hand making them I must say is my favorite. Here are some very cute hand made invitations I have come across.

Space Odyssey Invitation by Martha Stewart’s .

Cupcake Invitation, Tutorial with DebbieHodge

Wand Invitations by Childhood101.com


To buy one or not to buy one. If your trying to save money then going to your local bakery may be out of the question. Your local grocery store may have some good size cakes at a reasonable price however if you really want to save. Bake it yourself,  or pay one of your close friends or friend of a friend who knows how to bake. And, if you want to do something a little more fun try making either cupcakes or cake pops for the party. Any of these can be made for under $20 and generously feed a large party. Here’s some fun recipes below for cake pops and cupcakes.

Rocky Road Cake Pops– Bet you’ve seen these at Starbucks, there delicious. Want to know how to make them yourself watch this YouTubeVideo for the recipe.

Hello Kitty Cake Pops by Bakerella.

Cupcake Ideas. 

Tron Cupcakes free printable’s at Livinglocurto.

Monster High cupcakes. You can buy these pick toppers….Or if your really creative you can print them out glue them onto another piece of paper and then adhere them onto a toothpick and Walla! Cupcake topper.

Decorations & Party Favors

For decorations stay simple.Try some of these beautiful yet very easy to make ideas to match your child’s birthday theme or buy a couple of balloon bouquets from your local party store and a birthday party banner and call it good. You can “Theme” the party up with the Cake or Cupcakes.

Yarn ballons by Design & Creative

Make your own Birthday Banner by Darling Darleen.

Party favors 

Stay simple on this one. Resist from going to the Dollar store or where ever and buying “cheapo” toys. Trust me as a parent. Parents don’t want to be coming home with more little toys to trip on. Save it and go with something sweet. Children love candy and will love the little note from their friend.

Party Hats let the kids get creative and have some fun. This Martha Stewart idea is a great activity for kids to partake in, by making their own party hats.

Try mini mason jars filled up with candy. Walmart sells them by the pack their very cheap, cute and can be decorated any way. Here’s an example: Take construction paper, print your child’s name on it then glue it to the top of the jar lid and add a ribbon around each jar.

Food & Location Ideas “Cake & Ice Cream Party”

Again keep it simple. Depending the time and size of your party, you could do a Cake and Ice cream party. Either at home or an Ice Cream parlor (check the layout first). Make sure if you decide to skip the food, it is after lunch and before dinner hours so no one comes hungry or expecting food. Also make sure the invitation say “Cake & Ice Cream Party” and make it short an hour an half. If you do this at home, make it fun, have Ice cream toppers in a variety  for each kid to decorate their own Ice cream. Have different flavors of Ice cream and fun dishes or cones ready.

“Pizza Party”

Take the kids to your local pizza parlor and have pizza.  You don’t have to worry about clean-up and the kids can invite as many friends as they want. Also it’s cheaper than reserving at a kids fun house, gym or children’s museum. You’ll end up spending less feeding everyone at a pizza parlor  than reserving at a club somewhere. It generally cost about $150-$200 on up depending on guest size  at a kids club to have a Birthday party that may only include a cake. So food cost still occur and these prices only cover between 12-15 guest  and additional guest can cost about $5 a pop. So if your planning a large party or if you have multiples in separate classes inviting their entire class then you know this can get expensive and the best options may be to take them out and have pizza and cake.

“Mexican Party”

Yes get your sombrero’s and pinatas and head to your local Mexican restaurant. You can generally reserve an entire area or room if they have one and have an awesome kids birthday party. The kids will get sung to and maybe even get free ice cream depending on the size of the party. Call or go in person to your local Mexican restaurant and speak with the manager about catering options for the party or find out how much each kid meal is.

“Public Park”

Nice weather out, why not have the party at the park. It’s generally free, though some city’s do charge a minimal fee for sheltered areas for under $50. Normally about $20-$30 upto 4 hours. So plenty of time to have a BBQ at the park and let the kids run around and spend time with adult friends.

“Water Front Sports Restaurant”

If you live anywhere close to the Ocean try to reserve a cool regular priced restaurant on the waterfront that has a good layout and lots of televisions so children can enjoy their party together and adults can watch their sports and chat.

“City Community Center “

You can rent a large room with a kitchen at one of these community centers. So again if you want to have a party outside of the home especially if it is large, try your local community center out. You can generally get a nice room for under $80 for more than two hours.

“Ice Skating Rink”

Let the kids go skate around burn off some energy. Then come back to the bleachers when their done and have some cake. For this do salad, BLT sandwiches and cake. Don’t forget soda.  This is cheap, fun and great for a small party under 10. So get your skates on and head to the rink.

Aquatic Center-“Pool Party”

This is probably one of the best especially for summer babies. Head to an outdoor pool or indoor and celebrate. Admissions is cheap generally about $3 per child and most swimming pools allow food on the bleachers. Again make your own food or hit up a McCDonalds get $1 burgers and fries and have cake. You can’t get better than this. Kids will be so entertained by swimming they probably won’t have time to eat except for the cake of course.


4 Responses to ““Birthday on a Budget,” Hand Create your next Party by Kathleen Heady”

  1. twistedsistersdesign January 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Yarn balloons are soooo pretty 🙂 tx

  2. fiverr seo gig January 2, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I do
    believe that you should write more about this issue, it may not be
    a taboo subject but usually people do not speak about
    these issues. To the next! Cheers!!

    • homecreationseveryday January 2, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

      I figure have fun and budget birthday party with DIY deco. Your right too its definitley not brought up enough with what to do for childrens birthday without overspending. We’ll have to continue this discussion on my next Birthday Budget Blog for 2013 😉 Cheers to you! TY

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